This page is dedicated to those who paid the ultimate price in the name of their country during the bloodiest thirty-odd years of domestic British history.

Royal Ulster Constabulary


In November 1999 Her Majesty The Queen conferred the George Cross on the Royal Ulster Constabulary for Gallantry. A total of 300 RUC officers have been murdered during the Troubles.

The IRA has killed 277, the INLA and IPLO 12 and loyalist terrorists eight. Three were murdered by unknown groups. In addition, four officers were killed by the security forces by mistake and over 9,000 injured during the course of their duties.

Terrorist groups have bombed, shot and beaten RUC officers to death, sometimes killing relatives and other civilians in the process.  Levels of stress-related illness have been higher than in any other police force: almost 70 officers have committed suicide, many of them with RUC-issued weapons.


Here at Palace Barracks we have great pride and admiration for the Men and Women of the RUC and the high price that they have made in serving the Province, a stone is dedicated in their honour.

please click here to visit the RUC memorial.


Detective/Superintendent Ian Phoenix RUC. ex 3Para.

RUC Northern Ireland